Palace respects local talks with Reds-Roque

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Local peace initiatives Local government units (LGUs) could still push their peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) despite the existence of Proclamation No. 360. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the Monday press briefing stressed  “We have local autonomy, so the peace talks can …

P23M worth of illegal drugs and expired medicines burned

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Authorities here destroyed A total  of P23.6 million worth of illegal drugs evidence and expired medicines were burned Monday afternoon at the Holcim plant. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI regional director Antono Rivera said destroying the confiscated drugs which have been submitted as court evidence in  regions XI and XII is …

LTO revokes Ma. Isabel Lopez’s driver’s license

MANILA, Philippines —- For violating the ASEAN lane,  The Land Transportation Office (LTO) revoked the driver’s license of former beauty queen and actress Maria Isabel Lopez. In revoking her license the LTO cited that Lopez breached the special lane designated for delegates of the ASEAN Summit. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago announced …

PDEA personnel trained on tracing drug money trail

MANILA, Philippines — Some 35 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) personnel underwent a workshop in a bid to strengthen their financial investigation capability to uncover drug money trail and prevent drug lords from using their money and influence to evade punishment. PDEA Director General Aaron N Aquino said the workshop is timely because “the purpose …

Duterte to launch pro-poor program in Davao

Cebu City, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte will launch the “Biyaya ng Pagbabago” poverty alleviation program at the Freedom Park in Davao City on Dec. 9. This was announced Saturday by Undersecretary Joselito “Penpen” Libres of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), which is initiating the pro-poor program. Libres said “Biyaya ng Pagbabago,” short for “Biyaya …

Duterte appoints Abas as Comelec chair

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Sheriff Abas as the new chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Abas will replace former Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista who was impeached by the House of Representatives  following domestic controversies and financial issues with estranged wife Patricia. Abas, a commissioner at the Comelec under Bautista’s chairmanship. …

Duterte ends peace talks with communist rebels

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It’s final! After the on and off peace talks with the National  Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army  (CPP-NDF-NPA) President Rodrigo Duterte has formally terminated the government’s peace negotiation with the communists Thursday November 23. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in a press briefing Thursday said  the President’s decision to …

DSWD provides aid to Ist batch of Marawi returnees

MARAWI CITY, Philippines — “I am proud to tell everyone here we completed the distributionof assistance to the 5,783 families who returned to Marawi,” this was the proud opening statement of Bai Zorahayda Taha, director of the  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XII. The members of the Task Force Bangon Marawi met …

Ombudsman Mindanao has a new home after 29 years of renting

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After 29 years of renting, the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao has finally found at the corner of Libra and Earth streets in GSIS Heights Subdivision. The Ombudsman Mindanao Office stands stands on a 2,798 square meter behind the Government  Service Insurance System (GSIS) compound along MacArthur Highway, Matina, this …